Location: 1 Remsen Pl, Ridgefield, NJ
Photographed: June 2020
One of the many large Korean supermarkets in this part of Bergen County, this 26,000 square foot store appears to be in a former Met Foodmarket (though I'm not sure on that). I'd estimate H&Y Marketplace opened around 2005, and though it's entirely invisible from the street, it seems to be doing well.
Ah yes, Health and Youth. This is clearly the store for me.
Most of the carts appear to be secondhand here (except maybe the green one?). The blue ones could be from Pathmark or ShopRite, but I don't know of anyone around here who used or uses red Renaissance carts.
Heading in, the store is beautiful! We enter to a grand aisle with produce in the front, prepared foods towards the back, and seafood on the right side wall.
Bakery and sushi are at the front of the grand aisle. I had the bad luck to come on the one day of the week (Wednesday) when the sushi counter is closed.
I very much like the hanging panels over the produce department.
Bulk foods and sale items in the middle of the grand aisle. Almost feels like there used to be another department here that was removed.
Looking back up towards the front of the store. As you can see, these hanging panels actually hang pretty low, making me think originally you weren't supposed to be able to walk right under them.
Seafood is on the right side wall in a pleasantly rounded department. I get very strong Allegiance feelings from this decor, but I think that's probably just coincidental.
Packaged seafood and then meats line the back wall, which is angled due to the property's setup.
Moving into the grocery aisles, we switch from polished concrete to white vinyl tiles.
The grocery aisles are split in half with a center dividing aisle.
Looking across, we see the last aisle is not split.
In the back corner of the store, which is a bit triangular, we have a few assorted department signs which are not necessarily related to the products being sold. Perhaps at one time they were more accurate, but today the corner has been reset to a fairly standard dairy department. (As a side note, this store seemed to have more general grocery goods than a standard Asian supermarket.)
Very cool decor in this corner as well. The lighting is good and it's not nearly as dim as it looks, actually.
The last aisle looks pretty great too, with frozen foods on the inside and in coffin cases, and the outside wall is lined with refrigerated products.
A look across the front-end with sushi and bakery on this side, and I think two smaller storefronts in between with registers at the farther end. Ridgefield has a large Asian population, including a significant Korean population, and the primary supermarket serving the Korean population in this area is H Mart. We'll be touring an H Mart just south on Broad Avenue in two days but first, we have to take a quick detour to the east to tour a new store right here on The Independent Edition tomorrow!